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Times Budget Cuts Spare Worcester Paper

While unions at the Boston Globe have been told by their parent company the New York Times to accept concessions or face a shut down, no such ultimatum has been issued to the times-owned Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

The union representing 200 Telegram and Gazette employees says it has been told by management that things at the Worcester paper are better than they are at the Boston Globe. Tim Schick of the Providence Newspaper Guild says they have not been contacted by management about any ultimatums.

"It's a different market area in Worcester," Schick explains, "Different circulation, different economic dynamics. And [because] it's smaller and they have traditionally had lower costs, I suspect those all go into play in the difference between the two papers."

Schick says union employees at the Telegram and Gazette have been working without a contract since the end of 2007. The union meets with management for a bargaining session on Thursday.

This program aired on April 7, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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